About the Program
Titan America LLC, Roanoke Cement Company (RCC) is an active cement plant in Troutville, Virginia, within the Blue Ridge Mountains and bordering the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. RCC is actively managing two qualifying Habitat projects in Wetlands and Water Bodies (Catawba Creek and Trout Pond) which make up 151 acres.
The Catawba Creek project is adjacent to both the Jefferson National Forest and to a large federally owned forest conservation area on top of Tinker Cliffs, which includes a portion of the Appalachian Trail. This location makes the area ideal for showcasing riparian buffer protection. After expansion of RCC’s east limestone quarry impacted Catawba Creek, mitigation efforts began to restore the riparian area with tree planting and erosion controls. The company met the regulatory requirements by planting 17,000 trees, installing cattle exclusion fencing and monitoring trees after the first growing season. RCC has exceeded the regulatory requirements with additional activities that focus on assessing overall stream health. These voluntary activities include conducting stream macroinvertebrate sampling and physical and chemical testing of the stream as part of a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience hosted at the site. Employees are actively involved in planning invasive species management activities, organizing monitoring activities in accordance with the permit requirements and implementing the educational activities at the site. Partners include the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, Valley Conservation Council/Botetourt Community Partnership and Botetourt County Public Schools.
The trout pond restoration project was initiated to restore wildlife to an expired quarry mine. The pond supports a healthy trout population. The seclusion of the site from the active quarry, and the return of natural vegetation, also make the pond a great stopover for migratory birds. In addition to the 55-acre trout pond, the site also includes about a quarter-acre of associated wetlands. Employees are engaged by documenting wildlife observations.
Practices and Impacts
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